Floyd to make college football choice on Saturday

By Rick O’Brien



      The winner of the Sharrif Floyd sweepstakes, expected to be either Ohio State or Florida, will be announced Saturday during the live telecast of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

      Floyd, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound senior from George Washington, plans to reveal his choice during the nationally televised (1 p.m. on NBC) contest.

      Floyd is ranked as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country by one publication. For his efforts this season while leading the Eagles to their third straight Public League championship, he was a first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection on defense by The Inquirer.

      Floyd, a two-way lineman for the Eagles, took official visits to Ohio State, Florida, USC and North Carolina.

      Ohio State’s Jim Tressel and Florida’s Urban Meyer were among the head coaches to visit the blue-chip recruit last month at George Washington. South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier immediately followed Meyer’s stop in Northeast Philadelphia.

      Floyd practiced with the East squad Thursday at C. Marvin Gustafson Stadium. George Washington coach Ron Cohen, in San Antonio for the game, said Floyd was selected as most valuable player in the team’s first practice.

      According to a Rivals.com report, East head coach George Quarles said Floyd will likely be among tomorrow’s starters.

      Signs point toward Floyd choosing Ohio State, with Florida as the runner-up. His for-sure destination will be revealed early Saturday afternoon.


Contact staff writer Rick O’Brien at 610-313-8019 or robrien@phillynews.com.


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